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Friday, 16 July 1915


Mr SHARPE - Is it proposed to establish offices in the various capitals for the collection of the census, or is it the intention to utilize the services of the returning officers throughout the Commonwealth electorates?


Mr HUGHES - I explained in broad outline the intention of the Government in this regard. It is to take advantage of existing governmental machinery, whether that machinery be under the direct control of the Commonwealth, the States, or the municipalities. Particularly, we rely, in the first place, on the Post Office, and, in the second place, on the Electoral Department, which has at its disposal the most effective machinery for the purpose. Naturally, as this task is very difficult, we shall have to supplement these services from every other source available, including voluntary assistance.







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